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Art collectors' rare chance to pick up a Picasso or Warhol.

Byline: Laura Davis

WORKS by some of the most famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries are being exhibited at Liverpool's Ceri Gallery this week in a bid to boost the city's collecting market.

More than 60 original and signed editioned pieces by major names including Pablo Picasso, Peter Blake, Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte and Paula Rego will go on display from tomorrow to Sunday.

All are available to purchase, priced from pounds 500 to pounds 15,000, with a percentage of sales being donated to the NSPCC charity's Safe Place appeal.

Gallery owner Ceri Hand said she conceived the exhibition to give the region's art collectors a chance to purchase such significant pieces outside London.

She said: "There are other galleries selling work in the city but very few places in the North where you can buy quality 20th and 21stcentury works.

"We thought it would be nice to try and source some works you do not get to see very often in the region and hopefully also encourage the collecting market in the North."

The 20/21 exhibition focuses on many artists who came to fame through their connections with Liverpool, including four winners of the Walker Art Gallery-based John Moores Prize - Mary Martin, John Hoyland, Bridget Riley and Mick Moon.

Also on display is Horizon Field by Antony Gormley, whose Another Place iron sculptures adorn Crosby Beach, and F For Football by pop artist Peter Blake, who designed the cover of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album. Other highlights include Picasso's Le Repos Du Sculpteur Devant Un Nu A La Draperie (1922), a pure line etching from his famous La Suite Vollard series, and six lithographs from Magritte's The Enchanted Field series.

Ms Hand, who opened the Cotton Street gallery in 2008, said art continues to be a secure investment in the current challenging economy.

She said: "Certainly the artists we have here - Warhol, Picasso, George Braque - the value of their works fluctuate very little so there is always a market for it."

The show is launching tonight with an exclusive preview event in aid of the NSPCC.

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A visitor admires Ra (Inverted) by Bridget Riley Antony Gormley, Horizon Field (2010) Ceri Hand with Andy Warhol's Paolo Uccello (St George and the Dragon) No.2
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2011
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